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    The Next Wave – Progressive Design-Build: Owners’ Perspective

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

    Have you seen the next wave coming? It is progressive. Join current and future partners for this three-part series focused on Progressive Design-Build, presented jointly by AIASF and DBIA WPR. Learn from pioneers in the industry who have experienced the benefits and challenges of the delivery methodology. Come prepared with an open mind and any questions you might have. The format for each of the three virtual sessions will be moderated panel discussions, opening up to participant questions. Join the conversation and be ready to navigate the progressive wave.

    The second session in the series will focus on the Owners’ experience in delivering Progressive Design-Build (PDB) projects. The panel will consist of Owners sharing their journey toward adopting PDB delivery model, as well as their perspectives on the process. They will discuss implementation challenges and how (or if) they might modify their approach in the future.

    Registration is open at the bottom of this page.


    Copper Sponsor

    AIASF and DBIA WPR would like to thank Kitchell for their generous Copper-level sponsorship of this program.


    Series Sessions

    This is the second of three sessions in this series. For details and registration for the other two events, please visit the calendar listings below:

    Session 1: Team View
    Wednesday, January 20, 12 – 1 PM

    Session 3: Designers’ Perspective
    Wednesday, March 24, 12 – 1 PM


    About the Panelists

    1. Learn why Owners elect Progressive Design-Build delivery model
    2. Learn about owners’ challenges when using Progressive Design-Build
    3. Learn about Progressive Design-Build best practices
    4. Hear from owners about their Lessons Learned


    About the Panelists

    Rebekah Gladson, FAIA, AUU, DBIA was the Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect for the University of California, Irvine for 20 years where she was responsible for managing over 6.9 Billion (current dollars) of projects. In 2008, Rebekah established rggroup global to provide consultation to healthcare and higher education institutions on program management, and innovative project delivery processes, including Design-build.

    Rebekah has guided many universities and public owners through the bold process of assessing their internal processes and operations, and making changes to achieve better outcomes.

    Sought after for her expertise, Rebekah frequently lectures and consults with medical centers, universities and professional organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad, focusing on alternative project delivery methods, managing implementation of capital programs, and leadership and strategic problem-solving.

    Mike Meredith, DBIA, LEED is a Capital Outlay Program Manager at the California Department of General Services, overseeing the State’s 10-year, $3 Billion, 4.9 million SF Sequencing Plan addressing facilities deficiencies. Mike has been in the construction industry since 1982, leading large and complex projects including the $906M California Health Care Facility, and the $392M Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento.

    Mike has participated in over $2.5B worth of Design-Build projects and has been involved with DBIA for several years. He is currently on the DBIA Western Pacific Region Board Executive Committee as the Owners Council Director.

    Bill Olmsted serves as the Executive Director of Union WELL Inc., an auxiliary organization on the Sacramento State campus which is responsible for the facility oversight and daily operations of the University Union (student center) and The WELL (recreation and wellness center). These two student-centered facilities serve as the centerpieces of student life and activities on the Sacramento State campus. Bill directs all space planning, facility renovations, and capital development /improvement projects for Union WELL Inc., working with both outside entities and the University. Most recently he managed a $53 million expansion to the University Union, and is currently overseeing the $40 million expansion of The WELL, slated for completion in fall of 2021.

    Eric Smith, PE, DBIA serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Program Management at the University of California San Diego. His department is charged with delivering a major capital program that will transform the built environment and physical landscape of the university.

    Eric has a substantial and diverse background as a leader in the facilities, design and construction industry as owner, contractor and consultant. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Eric held executive positions in private practice, preceded by twelve years of managing the capital construction program for the University of Washington.

    Eric serves on the Board of Directors of the DBIA Western Pacific Region.


    About the Moderator

    Simin Naaseh, SE is a Senior Principal at Forell | Elsesser Structural Engineers with 40 years of experience, during which she has led the engineering effort for many prominent institutional and public projects, including Design-Build projects.

    She is a recognized leader in the A/E/C industry, and is known for her quest to enhance collaboration amongst the A/E/C industry members to achieve better project outcomes. Her interest has led to her involvement with DBIA Western Pacific Region as a member of its board of directors. She has previously served as a board member of AIA San Francisco, and as the president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC).


    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorships of this series and its sessions are available. For more information, please contact AIASF Deputy Director, Amy Ress, at aress@aiasf.org.


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    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
    Free – $25
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